mitigate was our Word of the Day on 11/08/2013. Hear the podcast!
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Is mitigate against correct?
- some intangible and invisible social force that mitigates against him
- —William Faulkner
Examples of mitigate in a Sentence
- At the far end of the room is a sliding glass door, taped with an X to mitigate shattering. The framing is flimsy, and rattles from mortar rounds even a half mile away. —William Langewiesche, Atlantic, May 2005
- … a genre novel whose inevitable cinematic ending doesn't mitigate the visceral and emotional power of what has come before. It lingers in the memory like a very bad dream. —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books, 14 Aug. 2003
- For 65 holes Norman dominated the classic rolling fairways and small, subtle greens of Olympic … with driving and iron play so solid that it mitigated mediocre putting. —Jaime Diaz, Sports Illustrated, 8 Nov. 1993
Emergency funds are being provided to help mitigate the effects of the disaster.
medicines used to mitigate a patient's suffering
Recent Examples of mitigate from the Web
That would mitigate an incentive for automakers to sell smaller, fuel-sipping cars to offset sales of gas-guzzling trucks.
However, UNM’s transparency in regards to the two reports and Abdallah’s comprehensive approach to investigating claims and then taking corrective action could mitigate any potential sanction issued by the NCAA.
Beyond the coded language, as the two men brainstorm ways to mitigate or eschew black political power, a smug and mocking tone permeates the conversation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend flu vaccination, frequent hand-washing and avoiding close contact as measures to mitigate flu risks – throughout all of flu season, of course, not just Super Bowl Sunday.
Those fears are mitigated by the incentives that employers, governments and insurers have to invest in cost-efficient preventive care for all.
In December, Apple apologized for not clearly communicating this information and vowed to release another update to mitigate the concern.
Apple apologized in December for not clearly communicating this information and vowed to release another update to mitigate the concern.
In December, Apple apologized for not communicating this information and vowed to release another update to mitigate the concern.
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mitigate or militate?
Would it be correct to say, "His boyish appearance mitigated against his getting an early promotion"? Most usage commentators would say "no." They feel such examples demonstrate a long-standing confusion between mitigate and the look-alike militate. Those two words are not closely related etymologically (mitigate descends from the Latin verb mitigare, meaning "to soften," whereas militate traces to militare, another Latin verb that means "to engage in warfare"), nor are they particularly close in meaning (militate means "to have weight or effect"). The confusion between the two has existed for long enough that one commentator thinks "mitigate against" should be accepted as an idiomatic alternative to militate, but if you want to avoid criticism, you should keep mitigate and militate distinct.
Synonym Discussion of mitigate
- took an aspirin to relieve the pain
- the lotion alleviated the itching
- good news would lighten our worries
- ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat
- the need to mitigate barbaric laws
- allayed their fears
MITIGATE Defined for English Language Learners
legal Definition of mitigate
- a failure to mitigate
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